By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 17, 2022) US Soccer Players - Thanks to the pandemic, it’s been a compressed, intense sprint more than the winding marathon we’d grown accustomed to over the previous quarter-century. The stakes are just as high as ever, though, as Concacaf’s 2022 World Cup qualifying cycle concludes over the next two weeks. The final window of the Octagonal phase is upon . . .
By J Hutcherson (Dec 28, 2021) US Soccer Players - What we've learned so far about the final round of the 2022 Concacaf World Cup qualifying cycle is that its due for a shakeout. One of the top four is heading towards a playoff, and the current standings may not be telling us all that much. The Octagonal is a new riff on an old concept, something that regularly provides a different take on the . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 8, 2021) US Soccer Players - Thursday night in Austin was another moment for the USMNT youth movement. An 18-year-old making his second-ever World Cup qualifying appearance scored both goals. A central trio with a combined age of 63 bossed the midfield. A couple of quick, skillful 20-year-olds dominated the flanks, each chipping in an assist. As has become . . .